Good news. Kind of.
New York - Teen births in the United States haven fallen to historic lows, a new government report released Tuesday shows.
Once again, Wisconsin ranked 10th lowest and Mississippi was the highest.
Nearly every state saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010, with the biggest drop in Arizona at 29%. Rates stayed about the same in three states: Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.
Wisconsin recorded 26.2 births per 1,000 girls between ages 15 and 19 in 2010, down from 31.2 in 2007, a 16% drop.
But the map is mighty interesting:
And this map from 2009, which affords an idea of which states are advocating abstinence-only sex education:
So of course, Wisconsin is doing this...
Last week, Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed an abstinence-only sex education bill for schools, setting him apart from another Republican governor who vetoed a similar bill last month.
The legislation signed by Walker would promote abstinence as the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases, teaches the positive socioeconomic benefits of marriage, and adds discussion of bullying to the sex education curriculum school districts may use.
The bill, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Mary Lazich, repeals the Healthy Youth Act passed by Wisconsin legislators in 2010, when Democrats controlled state government. Specifically, this means that the "health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives" will no longer be taught in schools.
Which will help this...
Look more like this...